Consumer Tips

Credit freezes FAQ: You can prevent a fraud nightmare in 20 minutes

by Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog

March 2, 2021

Some of your worst fraud nightmares can be prevented in about 20 minutes. That’s roughly how long it takes total to freeze your credit files with the three major credit bureaus -- Equifax, TransUnion and Experian. A credit freeze, also called a security freeze, prevents most entities from seeing your information in the credit bureaus’ databases.  

Here's how to report illegal robocalls, Do Not Call violations in all 50 states

March 4, 2021

by Jacob van Cleef, Consumer Watchdog Associate

Illegal robocalls and unwanted telemarketing calls can be annoying. If you want these calls to stop, you can take steps that could lead to consequences for offenders, including possible fines.

News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Tips

Consumer Education Campaign Launched On How To Fight Surprise Medical Bills

To help protect consumers from surprise medical bills, the Arizona PIRG Education Fund launched a campaign today to educate consumers on their rights to push back if they receive a surprise medical bill. As part of the effort, the Arizona PIRG Education Fund developed and is distributing information on legal protections and tips for fighting surprise bills.

Report | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Tips

Protecting Yourself from Surprise Medical Bills

Imagine you go to a hospital for a routine procedure. You’ve made sure your hospital and doctor are covered by your insurance. The procedure goes well and you head home to recover. Two weeks later, you get the bill, but instead of the copay you expected, you get a bill for nearly $4,000. Turns out, the anesthesiologist who assisted with your procedure was “out of network” and your insurance won’t cover that bill as expected. You’ve received a surprise medical bill and now owe the difference between what your insurance will pay the out-of-network anesthesiologist and what you were billed. 

National Consumer Protection Week 2021

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

Being a consumer is tough. We want to help make it a little easier. In recognition of Consumer Protection Week from Feb. 28-March 6, U.S. PIRG is providing key consumer protection advice. Check in here every day for our updated tips and tools. 

With vaccines here, it may soon be time to reschedule vacations and other trips for later this year

Gift Guide: How to avoid toxics in beauty products

By | Gina Werdel
Make It Toxic Free, Associate

Gifting beauty products to family and friends this holiday season? Here's a guide to purchasing safer beauty products.

News Release | US PIRG | Consumer Tips, COVID-19

Money for nothing: Paying the same car insurance while driving less during the pandemic

While COVID-19 is causing financial difficulties for tens of millions of Americans, auto insurers nationwide have made tens of billions of dollars in profit because consumers have driven significantly less during the pandemic.

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